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A Pilgrimage to St Catherine’s Monastery

Exploring the treasures of this UNESCO World Heritage site

The Arts Society Lunesdale

2:15pm Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Borwick and Priest Hutton Memorial Hall, Borwick Lane, Carnforth LA6 1JP

A lecture by Helen Rufus-Ward, BA, MA, PhD.

St Catherine’s Monastery, at the foot of Mount Sinai, Egypt was founded in the sixth century by Byzantine emperor Justinian I - the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments, the location of the legend of the Burning Bush and the resting place of the martyred body of St Catherine. The Greek Orthodox monastery is packed full of precious religious art – a splendid basilica with exquisite little chapels, intricately carved wooden doors and breathtaking mosaics, an amazing collection of the rarest early icons to survive, and a library of rare and beautiful religious manuscripts. 

Helen Rufus-Ward is an Art Historian with a BA, MA and a doctorate from the University of Sussex, who has published on Late Antique and Byzantine ivory carvings and 19th century plaster cast collecting. Since 2007 she has worked at Sussex as an associate tutor delivering regular lectures. She is an experienced speaker, who has delivered lectures at many universities and art institutions, such as the Wallace Collection and the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Tea/coffee available before and after lecture. Guests by prior appointment with the Membership Secretary - £5 guest charge per meeting.